Each month, through December, YALSA is sponsoring free webinars (for members and non-members) on topics related to the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.
The September webinar (the full video recording is available after the break) on the topic of Cultural Competence and Responsiveness. The focus of the session was on creating inclusive computer science opportunities for youth and was by Lecia Barker from the National Center for Women and Informational Technology (NCWIT) and Cheryl Eberly from the Santa Ana Public Library.
If you are interested in learning more about creating inclusive computer science opportunities for youth make sure to look at these NCWIT resources and initiatives:
- 160+ Research-based resources including statistics related to women in the computer science industry, unplugged activity lesson plans, and webinars.
- Resource lists specifically geared to library staff working with and for youth.
- AspireIT a program specifically geared to supporting girls in computer science.
- The Aspirations in Computing Award which is given to students and educators.
YALSA will host a follow-up Twitter chat on learning experiences on Thursday, September 27, at 7PM Eastern. Use the hashtag #yalsace to participate. The next Competencies webinar will focus on equity of access and be held on October 11. Learn more and register.
Don’t forget to also check out YALSA’s book, Putting Teens First in Library Services: A Roadmap, with more information on Cultural Competence and Responsiveness.